So today we welcomed Girlguiding to join us at our Parkrun and I have volunteered, as I am part of both communities (although I am a tourist to this Parkrun) to write today's run report. To be a little different and celebrating Girlguiding I thought I would use the Girlguiding Promise and Guide Laws.
The Girlguiding Promise
I promise that I will do my best: Parkrun isn’t about being perfect or the best at everything and today we saw 362 people run, jog or walk our course. This included 47 new girls, leaders and members of the public attempt a new challenge as well as a massive 63 people achieving a new personal best.
to be true to myself and develop my beliefs: we saw lots of people being comfortable enough to wear their Girlguiding uniform to take part, even if it may not be the ‘coolest’ outfit I certainly am proud to be part of the largest charity working with girls and young women in 145 countries around the world.
to serve the Queen and my community: we had an amazing 35 volunteers, some experienced and some very new to both Parkrun and their role. Paul Brendon SCULLION - Graham WILLIAMS - Gary WILCOX - Zoe BURNS - Keith Parry - Dyanne SARGEANT - Bob DREDGE - Darren MATTOCKS - Tina KNAPPER - Thomas LAND - Simon BROMLEY - Gail DOUGHTY - Helen GOFF - Larry GOFF - Sarah BROMLEY - Marie WARD - Rob TAYLOR - Michael JONES - Brian LANGSTON - Sally COX - Graham BARRATT - Geoff TYLER - Jo JOHNSTON - Sue WILLIAMS - Christopher BUCKLEY - Sarahjane JONES - Joanna FAHEY - Charlotte FAHEY - Jo GREEN - Sian OSBORN - Pamela STANDING - Joanna JENKINS - Fiona ROBERTS - Cat KERR - Lauren THOMPSON. Biggest shout out to you all, your roles made sure we had a successful and safe Parkrun today.
to help other people and to keep the Guide Law: we had amazing support throughout the course and especially at the finish line where we had lots of people cheering everyone on, helping them achieve the sprint finish or even just the finish they wanted.
So, I hear you ask what are the Guide Law’s, well we have 6.
A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted: thank you to those who supported members of Girlguiding who are fundraising for international experiences by donating money in return for some scrumptious cake.
A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely: we had a number of volunteers from our guiding community using their skills and abilities in a different and new way in order to be helpful.
A Guide faces challenge and learns from her experiences: We had lots of people run, jog and walk the 5km course and found this challenging either as this is their first time taking part, they were chasing that personal best or maybe just feeling tired after a long week at work and still made it out of bed.
A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides: I really saw this today, Parkrun is a great community who come together through running, coffee and for a small donation - today cake. You welcomed us with open arms and couldn’t have been any more welcoming if you tried - THANK YOU!!
A Guide is polite and considerate: I was so proud of everyone today, although a huge shout out to the regular volunteers who helped by showing the Girlguiding volunteers how to perform their role.
A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her: I personally was there to the end and saw first hand that we ensured that the clean up was done, leaving no trace that we had been there. No rubbish, no missing signage, no cake waste. It is the icing on the cake to be part of both the Parkrun and the Girlguiding community.